Day Five

Day 5 – Sunday 10th May
Housesteads to Steel Rigg – Our supposed to be rest day!

I awoke around 6am – Brenda B was still snoring, eventually waking up at 6.45. There was lot of tea and a lot of yakking until about 8.15; a quick wash (cat’s lick and a promise) and then down for breakfast. It was supposed to be our day of rest after all!

As we were staying at Bush Nook for two nights there was no need to pack everything up, so once we had breakfast we took our time to get moving back to Housesteads.

Today was much better weather wise, with bright sunshine and a light breeze, what a difference 24 hours can make. Full of energy and wanting to get started, we waved goodbye to Brenda M and got moving; soon we were climbing the crags.

Brenda B & Jenny at Housesteads crags
Brenda B & Jenny at Housesteads crags

The path was busy with a number of walkers out enjoying the good weather, with some of the finest views so far in terms of both the wall and surrounding area; especially Crag Lough;

Crag Lough
Crag Lough

With clear skies we had extensive views to both the north and south and it felt good to be out there taking in the fresh air and meeting like minded people.

We stopped at Sycamore Gap for the obligatory photos.

Sycamore Gap & Jenny
Sycamore Gap & Jenny

The final bit of this short walk was rather undulating to say the least, and it made us realise that Brenda M had done extremely well to have manage it and in such terrible weather too.

Brenda B & Jenny at Steel Rigg
Brenda B & Jenny at Steel Rigg

On arrival at Steel Rigg we found Brenda M waiting in the car with her cheery smile and ready to drive us to the Vindalanda site; which has a replica fort; a number of excavated areas, plus an area under excavation.

Brenda, Brenda & Jenny at Vindalanda Fort
Brenda, Brenda & Jenny at Vindalanda Fort

There is a teashop and museum and we just had to visit. This is one of the most informative and relaxing places I have been to in a long time; while the rest of the group were enjoying being further educated, I slobbed out on a bench in the gardens listening to the birds and the breeze in the trees....... and then a rowdy bunch came out and I had to sit up and let them join me on the bench. After a quick catch up we strolled up to the current excavation site and watched the volunteers working. One of them passed us a Roman pig thigh bone, and another gave us a piecrust pot segment to handle; they were pleased to share information with us. It really fired us up and we all wanted to join them in the dig.

Excavations at Vindalanda
Excavations at Vindalanda

Back at Bush Nook we took an age to get ready, mainly because we spent most of the time talking and then realising it was time to go down to dinner and meet other guests for pre-dinner drinks. Dinner was excellent and the service perfect; after coffee we all retired to our rooms to get an early night as we had 13 miles to do the next day.